US army admits soldiers killed civilians in Baghdad airport shooting

The US military admitted Sunday that American soldiers killed civilians after opening fire on a car last month on the heavily secured Baghdad airport road. The statement - which called the man and two women killed "law abiding citizens of Iraq" - reversed earlier military claims that they were suspected militants who shot at a parked American convoy. But the military blamed the shooting on a series of misunderstandings and said "neither the soldiers nor civilians involved in the incident were at fault." The June 25 shooting deaths sparked controversy after Iraqi officials identified the three people killed as bank employees, not militants. The initial military statement claiming they were suspected militants raised concerns because it suggested that the tight security on the road leading to the Baghdad international airport had been penetrated. An investigation showed the soldiers fired at the civilian car when it failed to follow orders to stop as it approached the convoy, which had pulled to the side of the road because of maintenance problems, the military said Sunday.